Winds reaching 40 mph tore through Franklin Quest Field Wednesday evening, which must have influenced the Buzz bullpen.
Because, much like the wind, it blew the game.Oklahoma whipped the Buzz 12-1, concluding Salt Lake's homestand which saw the hosts go 5-3 and fall to 18-19 on the year.
To be fair, when Kevin Ohme trotted in from the bullpen to relieve starter Frank Rodriguez in the sixth inning, but he didn't really give the Buzz much of a chance to forge any sort of comeback attempt.
With the bases loaded, Ohme balked in Tom Quinlan to give the Redhawks a 5-1 lead, and it only grew worse from there. Ohme would walk in another run, but the worst came when Mark Little stepped in the chalked box with the bases still loaded.
With no intention of handing out another freebie walk, Ohme bore down and focused on hitting his target. Unfortunately, the big red bullseye was right on the barrel of Lewis' bat. The ball sliced through the heavy wind like a ginsu knife, and probably landed somewhere in Sandy. The grand slam put Oklahoma up 10-1, and the rout was on.
Warren Newson added a solo blast two batters later to put the lead at 10, but it really didn't matter anymore.
"We had one bad inning," said Buzz manager Phil Roof. "The pitching struggled and they were patient. They had some big hits."
The Buzz, meanwhile, had no big hits and only seven for the game.
Terry Clark, who's still chasing that MLB dream at the age of 37, made the Buzz batters look silly in his five innings on the hill. Salt Lake scored one run on a mere three hits against Clark.
It was like Clark was rifling BB's towards the Buzz batters, who, in turn, looked like they were swinging with fishing nets.
"We really didn't have any kind of a rally tonight," said Roof. "We didn't hit at all tonight."
After Oklahoma went ahead 2-0 in the first, Utah cut the lead in half when Mike Moriarty launched his first home run of the season in the third, but that was it for the offense.
The Redhawks added one more run in the eight to provide the final margin.
Utah now sets sail on a 12-game road trip with stops in Nashville, Memphis and Las Vegas. And Roof is not happy at all with the idea of his squad leaving home a game below .500.
"It would have been nice to finish this homestand 6-2, but instead we went 5-3," said Roof. "It's disheartening to look that bad on our last night in town. We'll have to play a lot better on the road."
Salt Lake doesn't play at home until June 4.